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Carbon on Earth is found in six major stores: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and fossil fuels. But how does carbon move between these stores?

In the previous video we learned about the flow of carbon through the long-term carbon cycle. In this video, again made in collaboration with Dr Angela Gallego-Sala from the University of Exeter, we continue our journey through the carbon cycle, this time looking at the short-term carbon cycle, which moves 100- to 1000-times more carbon than the long-term carbon cycle, and drives all life on Earth.


Written and developed by: Angela Gallego-Sala, Rob Parker, Harriet Ridley, Tim Parker

Videography by: Josh Carron, Harriet Ridley

Thank you to Dartmoor National Park for enabling us to film this video on Dartmoor.


"Earth Zoom Out To Universe (After Effects VFX)" by The Disaster Freak is licensed under CC BY 3.0

"Earth zoom out (Amazing)" by CompuTech is licensed under CC BY 3.0

"Dartmoor" by Mark Himsley is licensed under CC BY 3.0

"SoilCam - Flower Decomposition" by Josh Williams is licensed under CC BY 3.0

"Microbes Gone Wild" by William Siler is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Fire Sound by Free Sounds Library is licensed under CC BY 3.0

NASA Sees Intense Fires Around The World by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY 3.0